Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Sony Alpha dSLR / Konica Minolta dSLR, Sony SLT

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Feb 6, 2012, 8:26 AM   #61
Senior Member
 
frank-in-toronto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Toronto Canada
Posts: 1,083
Default

That AF switch thing. I have a sony body, sony, sigma and tokina lenses. and i use nikon too once in a while. this af/mf is such a pain that when i want to use mf, i change both switches. i'm almost never using mf for just one shot anyway, so the extra second to change both switches doesn't matter. somebody sharper than me may be able to do it better.
frank-in-toronto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 7:40 AM   #62
Senior Member
 
Marawder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Posts: 677
Default

Hey there Alpha shooters...I want your honest opinions on one of my first photos taken with an A35!

__________________
Sony α
dSLR-A580
Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD XLD
Marawder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 8:28 AM   #63
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,544
Default

I like it.

I'd like to see it in color, though.
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 8:37 AM   #64
Senior Member
 
Marawder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Posts: 677
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
I like it.
Really? Or are you just being polite?
What about composition? Are my settings good for morning-fog exposure?

TCav, don't worry, I can take anything you throw at me! Constructive criticism can only make my photohraphy evolve.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
I'd like to see it in color, though.
Believe me, you don't want to see the color version!
__________________
Sony α
dSLR-A580
Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD XLD
Marawder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 9:10 AM   #65
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,544
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marawder View Post
Really? Or are you just being polite?
I think that might be the first time anyone ever accused me of that.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marawder View Post
TCav, don't worry, I can take anything you throw at me! Constructive criticism can only make my photohraphy evolve.
I'm not quite sure how I can help your "photohraphy", but as for this photograph, here goes:

I'd like to see more of the clear foreground and less of the sky, but the proportions aren't bad. Perhaps a higher vantage point might have helped with that.

In addition, the houses in the foreground are lined up. Perhaps shifting your vantage point to your left might have made the composition more interesting.

It might have looked better later on when some of the fog burned off from the distant hilltop but remained in the river valley.

But considering that these suggestions are all after-the-fact, without any knowledge of what else you might have been able to do at the time, this might be the best photograph that could possibly have been captured given the conditions. In which case, I like it the way it is.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marawder View Post
Believe me, you don't want to see the color version!
Why? Does everyone in Geneva paint their houses really ugly colors? Wouldn't the fog dampen the effect a little?
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.

Last edited by TCav; Mar 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 10:51 AM   #66
Senior Member
 
Marawder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Posts: 677
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
I think that might be the first time anyone ever accused me of that.
There's a first time for everything.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
I'm not quite sure how I can help your "photohraphy"...
Sorry, are you suggesting you have never made a typo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
It might have looked better later on when some of the fog burned off from the distant hilltop but remained in the river valley.
You're probably right, it would look better.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
But considering that these suggestions are all after-the-fact, without any knowledge of what else you might have been able to do at the time, this might be the best photograph that could possibly have been captured given the conditions.
You're one smart dude.
The image was taken from my balcony, so I can't really change my vantage point in a way that would modify the perspective.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
In which case, I like it the way it is.
Merci!

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
Why? Does everyone in Geneva paint their houses really ugly colors? Wouldn't the fog dampen the effect a little?
I deleted the color version because I used an in-camera filter, and even though the fog looked really nice and poped out, the rest of the colours in the image had a ridiculous tonality, that's why I converted the whole thing into B&W, wich I rarely do, to save the image!

But thanks again for the critique, I appreciate the feedback.
A couple of months ago, one user said something really funny about one of my photos with a crooked horizon: your photo is as straight as a drunken sailor !
I laughed so hard...
__________________
Sony α
dSLR-A580
Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD XLD
Marawder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 11:03 AM   #67
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,544
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marawder View Post
The image was taken from my balcony, so I can't really change my vantage point in a way that would modify the perspective.
Could you have taken one from the roof of your building?
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 5, 2012, 11:31 AM   #68
Senior Member
 
Marawder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Posts: 677
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TCav View Post
Could you have taken one from the roof of your building?
Nope, the roof of my building is mostly a private swiming pool.
__________________
Sony α
dSLR-A580
Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD XLD
Marawder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 6, 2012, 9:41 AM   #69
Senior Member
 
Marawder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Posts: 677
Default

More A35 sample shots - feedback always appreciated:







__________________
Sony α
dSLR-A580
Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD XLD
Marawder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 9, 2012, 2:23 PM   #70
Senior Member
 
Marawder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Posts: 677
Default

So I got over my fear of dissapointment and finally decided to personally check what kind of images the A35 produces at 6400 ISO...here are the results, not too shaby (str8 out of the camera):



100% crop:


It's definitely not a D4, but for a 460 euro camera, the A35 handles noise pretty well, don'tcha think?
__________________
Sony α
dSLR-A580
Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD XLD
Marawder is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 3:12 AM.